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Howard Ahner May 28, 2009
The Wonderful Means of Surmounting Obstacles
You, yourself, are a true Buddha who possesses the three enlightened properties
New WOODART by Howard Ahner
New FLOWERS in Nobeoka
Keiko Ahner's Apple Boy Painting
Kei-Paintings by Keiko Ahner
A Special Friend in Mimitsu
He Often Shines in Nobeoka
Yudai Yano Drew This Cool Picture of Howard Ahner
Ayaka's Pose Here is Extra-Ordinary
Harris Kutsunai and Howard Ahner Go On Tozan in 1979
Family From California
The Ahner Eikaiwa Nobeoka Show
Itai Doushin
Heisei Drawings
At Peare
Hikari Jidou Club, Kitaura
Nobeoka Marches On
Mimitsu Hanami
Nobeoka Mounds
Nobeoka Shiohama
Howard Ahner Shows Actual Proof
Kirin Asahi Blend
Kitaura-Students - English
I had an idea to teach English on this boat in Mimitsu Cho, but my wife had other ideas.
We were going to study English in the old Daiei Building in Nobeoka, but it was bulldozed down.
We would like to design a treehouse and build it in the city of Nobeoka, Japan.
We talked about a newspaper company in Nobeoka called The Yukan Daily.
We joked and conversed at a restaurant in Nobeoka called Torisen.
Many of the kids living in Kitaura speak to me in the English languge.
We asked the manager of A-Price in Minami Nobeoka if we could use a spare room to teach English in.

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The Dragon Gate

- Ueno-dono Gohenji -

 

In China there is a waterfall called the Dragon Gate. Its waters plunge a hundred feet, more swiftly than an arrow shot by a strong archer. It is said that thousands of carp gather in the basin below, hoping to climb the falls, and that any which succeed will turn into a dragon. However, not a single carp out of a hundred, a thousand or even ten thousand can climb the falls, not even after ten or twenty years. Some are swept away by the strong currents, some fall prey to eagles, hawks, kites and owls, and others are netted, scooped up, or even shot with arrows by fishermen who line either bank of the wide falls. Such is the difficulty of a carp becoming a dragon.

 

There were once two major warrior clans in Japan, the Minamoto and the Taira. They were like two faithful watchdogs at the gates of the Imperial Palace. They were as eager to guard the emperor as a woodcutter is to admire the harvest moon as it rises from behind the mountains. They marveled at the elegant parties of the court nobles and their ladies, just as monkeys in the trees are enraptured by the light of the moon and stars glittering in the sky. Though of low rank, they longed to find some way to mingle in court circles. But even though Sadamori of the Taira clan crushed the rebellion of Masakado, he was still not admitted to court. Nor were any of his descendants, including the famous Masamori. Not until the time of Masamori's son, Tadamori, were any of the Taira clan granted permission to enter the court. The next in line, Kiyomori, and his son Shigemori, not only enjoyed life among court nobles but became directly related to the throne when Kiyomori's daughter married the emperor and bore him a child.

 

Attaining Buddhahood is no easier than for men of low status to enter court circles or for carp to climb the Dragon Gate. Shariputra, for example, practiced bodhisattva austerities for sixty aeons in order to attain Buddhahood, but finally surrendered to his obstacles and slipped back into the paths of the two vehicles. Even some of those taught by Shakyamuni, when he was the sixteenth son of Daitsu Buddha, sank into the world of sufferings for the duration of sanzen-jintengo. Some others taught by him in the even more remote past when he first attained enlightenment suffered for the length of gohyaku-jintengo. All these people practiced the Lotus Sutra, but when persecuted by the Devil of the Sixth Heaven in the form of their sovereigns or other authorities, they forsook their faith and thus wandered among the six paths for countless aeons.

 

Up until now these events seemed to have no bearing on us, but now we find ourselves facing the same kind of persecution. No matter what, all my disciples must cherish the great desire of attaining enlightenment. We are very fortunate to be alive after the widespread epidemics which occurred last year and the year before. But now with the impending Mongol invasion it appears that few will survive. In the end, no one can escape death. The sufferings at the time of invasion will be no worse than those we are facing now. Since death is the same in either case, you should be willing to offer your life for the Lotus Sutra. Think of this offering as a drop of dew rejoining the ocean or a speck of dust returning to the earth. A passage from the seventh chapter of the Lotus Sutra reads, "Our desire is to share this blessing equally with all people, and we, together with them, will attain Buddhahood."

 

With my deep respect,

Nichiren

 

The sixth day of the eleventh month.

 

Postscript:

I write this letter in deep gratitude for the encouragement you are giving those involved in the Atsuhara Persecution.

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